Medical Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Medical Engineering MSc(Eng) . A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the professional project is worth 75 credits. You have the opportunity to select modules from a range of delivery styles, including distance learning, short courses and more traditional semester-long modules, enabling part-time students with busy life or work schedules to have a more flexible approach to their learning. These are the modules studied in 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Professional project​ - 75 credits
You will undertake a professional project during the summer months.
Recent projects include:

• Investigating aspects of wear in total disc replacements

• Finite element analysis of tissue engineered structures

• Cartilage tribology

Medical Engineering Experimental Design and Analysis - 15 credits
The module will cover: experimental design; hypothesis-led research; repeatability and sample size determination; data, presentation and interpretation; ISO standards, standard operating protocols and validated methods; and data management.

Optional modules

Managing for Innovation - 15 credits
This module prepares you to lead innovation initiatives in both large and established organisations, as well as in new and growing ventures.

Structure and Function of the Body - 10 credits 
An introduction to gross anatomy and physiology of whole body systems (including the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems)

Basic Orthopaedic Engineering - 15 credits
An introductory short course module designed for clinical or biological personnel.

Spinal Biomechanics and Instrumentation - 15 credits
Distance learning module delivering the underpinning biomechanics required to understand the new innovations in spinal surgery.

Surface Engineering - 15 credits
Introduction to surface engineering, control of wear, corrosion and fatigue of engineering components.

Biomaterials - 15 credits
Short course covering a range of topics associated with biomaterials – the emphasis here is on the life science interface.

Functional Joint Replacement Technology - 15 credits
Short course applying the standard engineering principles of mechanics, tribology and biomaterials to the understanding of the technology used in the development of total joint replacements.

Tissue Engineering - 15 credits
Leading-edge short course providing the fundamentals of the rapidly expanding field of tissue engineering.

Biomaterials and Applications - 15 credits
Provides understanding of the requirements of materials and their stability in a biological environment, and the relevance of this to materials selection, design and properties of medical implants and devices, and to understand the biological processes.

Biotribology - 15 credits
This module will acquaint students with biomechanics and will cover biomechanics, surfaces and interfaces, biotribology of engineering materials, biotribocorrosion, the human body as a tribological environment, soft tribology, and design considerations for medical devices.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis - 15 credits
This module provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to allow a student to competently perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with commercial software packages used in industry.

Biomechatronics and Medical Robotics - 15 credits
Biomechatronics is the application of mechatronic engineering to human biology. In this module a number of areas of interest including: sensors, actuators and Artificial Intelligence for control application will be covered. A number of specific topic will also be included in the module i.e. auditory and optical prostheses, artificial hearts and active and passive prosthetic limbs and the biomechatronic and biorobotic systems (hardware & signal processing) that underpin their operation